Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) has launched a competition for amateur photographers to raise awareness of the importance of local communities.

As well as celebrating ten years of supporting local community projects, ‘My Leeds in Focus’ hopes to showcase the images and stories of the buildings, places, people and activities that define the city.

Thirteen shortlisted entries will feature as part of the city’s annual multi-arts and light festival – Light Night -on Friday 9 October 2015. An independent judging panel will select one winner in each category – under 16 and 16 & over, with prizes including a half day photography session with local Leeds professional photographers Jonathan Turner and Peter Mitchell.

The general public will also be able to select their winner, by voting through the Leeds Community Foundation Facebook page for the photograph they want to see crowned as the ‘People’s Choice Winner 2015’.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “The City of Leeds is very diverse and we want to use this competition to view Leeds through the eyes of local people in all our local communities.  We hope the competition will not only showcase the amazing people, activities and hidden locations that are at the heart of our city but raise awareness of the importance of supporting and giving back to your local community.”

The deadline for entries is Friday September 11, 2015 and photographs can be submitted via the Leeds Community Foundation Facebook page and the Leeds Community Foundation website.

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